Part 3 of The Message – The undistorted first century message that changed the world.
It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself a religious person or not, we can all agree that there is no burden as heavy as guilt. Whether it’s as simple as eating that extra piece of cake or a serious mistake, guilt haunts us all. Words we can’t take back. Mistakes that can’t be undone. Decisions that have shaped our lives.
In Acts 3:17-26, the message of Christ is presented to the world for the second time. The content is largely the same as the first time, with one small addendum in Acts 3:19:
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”
Those two words speak volumes … “wiped out”.
“No more guilt? That can’t be possible. No, I have done something wrong and I deserve the guilt that comes along with it. That’s the way it works.”
Not anymore. Read my lips, wiped out!
Understand, this is a new concept. Other religions of the day, and even Judaism, perceive God as forgiving. However, the concept that these sins can be “wiped out”? That, to say the least, is new.
The only thing to be done? Repent. The word Peter is using here simply means: to change your mind. That’s it. Change your mind, turn to God, and the incredible weight of sin and guilt is gone. Times of refreshing will come from God.
Is it that easy? It’s two thousand years later and I can tell you with confidence, YES! Have your sins been wiped out? Don’t hesitate. You can put off losing a few pounds. You can procrastinate cleaning the house. You can even ignore a need for major surgery, but don’t miss the opportunity to have your sins wiped out! With every fiber of your being, change your mind. Turn to God. Believe in Jesus Christ. Your sins will be wiped out, and times of refreshing WILL come from the Lord!
In our next blog, The Message ….. Just Got Real, we look at why judgement is such an important aspect of the message.